first_img“There’s areas in the team that we know in the next couple of years to compete consistently at this level, what we need to have in there.“But the players gave everything tonight. They carried out everything that we wanted them to do but they were just better than us.“They had more pace and power in the team. Our only disappointment of the evening was the two goals.”Rodgers said that after two seasons without playing in the group stage it was important that the players picked up experience but that this year’s competition would also be a guide for him as he looks to make improvements. Brendan Rodgers has said that Celtic simply lost out to a better team in Borussia Monchengladbach but are learning what they need to succeed.The Bundesliga side ran out as 2-0 winners at Celtic Park and are now in pole position to earn European football after Christmas but Rodgers didn’t fault his players for effort.The Celtic manager accepted the difference between the sides but said his job over the next year or two was to lift the side to the level where they can better compete in the group stages.“They were better than us,” he told STV. “I think you look at their experience over the last four or five years and what they’ve gained domestically and in Champions League. “I know what this team needs,” he said. “It’s why we were never getting carried away.“We qualified for the tournament so this is going to be a great year for seeing what the team needs to compete consistently at this level and those are areas that we’ll hopefully work on in the next season or so.“It’s slow change. You need a certain quality and a certain tempo, power and speed at this level. This is a level that’s up two or three levels from where you play domestically but that’s the beauty of it.“The players, particularly the young players, get to feel that and as a club we look to develop and have a squad that can compete over the coming seasons.”With Barcelona and Manchester City expected to take the two qualification spots in the group, the head-to-head with Borussia was being billed as a battle for Europa League football after Christmas. Rodgers said his players wouldn’t give up on their hopes but knew that it was always going to be tough to achieve.“We’ve just got to do our best,” he said. “I think it’s obviously a very, very tough ask now but we’ll go into every game to give our best and to compete and challenge.“Of course we wanted to win tonight and it didn’t happen but we’ll learn from it.”last_img

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